Bruce Springsteen says he wrote 'Born in the U.S.A.' to help him cope with "draft dodging." During a sit down with Tom Hanks at the Tribeca Film Festival, Springsteen called himself a "stone-cold draft dodger" for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, saying, "I had some friends, very close friends of mine, guys who came home in wheelchairs and then I didn't go."
The New Jersey superstar also added, "I pulled the whole Alice's Restaurant. I'm sorry sir, I don't understand what you're saying because I'm high on LSD. I did everything in the draft dodgers text book, so perhaps I felt guilty about this later on."